Smoked Maple Glazed Pecans

By • March 28, 2012 • 5 Comments



Author Notes: Being a sucker for 'all things smoked' (food, that is) I broke down and bought an (expensive) 2 ounce jar of smoked pecans at a specialty foods show long ago. After we got our smoker, I realized I could probably make my own smoked pecans pretty darn easily. And so I did! I usually fit these in after we have made room in the smoker from doing a batch of chickens or pork shoulder... I hope my technique is helpful to someone!LE BEC FIN

Makes 4 cups

  • 4 cups shelled pecans, pieces or whole
  • 1/2-1 cup Grade B Maple Syrup, heated
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 disposable aluminum 'half sheet pans'
  1. Double up 2 disposable aluminum half sheet pans. Place them over the grates of a grill or smoker and , using a metal skewer, poke holes all over the surface, about 1-2 inches apart, and wiggling the skewer back and forth to create holes that smoke will come through.
  2. Spray the surface of the top sheet pan with non-stick spray.
  3. Toss the pecans with warm maple syrup- enough to coat. Pour out pecans onto sheet pan in single layer. Sprinkle with kosher salt. Place in smoking chamber of hot smoker unit for 2-4 hours at 200-250 degrees F. Taste after 2 hours. Remove when smoky enough. Let cool. store in tightly lidded container.
  4. Note: Being a major recycler,I do not throw away my sheet pans, but keep them in a sealed garbage bag for reuse. Not a pretty sight, but very useful!

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about 2 years ago RobinDiane

Absolutely fabulous! I have to hide these so they don't disappear too quickly. Awesome in salads

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over 2 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

Le Bec Fin....I dont have a smoker yet but I've learnt a nifty technique for smoking/infusing food with a smokiness from Indian chef Reza Mahhamad. It features in my cold-smoked, maple glazed ham recipe on food52. Essentially, you heat up 2 /3 pieces of coal, top that with some whole spices, activate the smoke by pouring some ghee over the top and then cover it all for 4 - 6 hours, then finish off in the oven. I plan on trying this once I get some more maple syrup!

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over 2 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

This is right up my street.......

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over 2 years ago LE BEC FIN

really kb? you have a smoker? i'd be so happy if this were a useful recipe for you.

thx much jennie; i have to tell you- maples are a thing with me. We have 54 Japanese maples in our mini-arboretum here, so I am always on the lookout for maple leaf images!
( www.cottonarboretum.com/)
best,
mindy

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over 2 years ago jenniebgood

Love the maple leaf dish. These look like a wonderful snack!